Friday, September 2, 2022


Featuring interviews and clips from the likes of Björn Borg, Billie Jean King, Keith Richards, Patrick McEnroe, and John McEnroe and his children, the documentary McEnroe examines the tennis career of the volatile former No. 1 tennis player in the world whose mouth often got him in trouble his talent would have to back up. I don't know that it strikes new ground for those familiar with his career, but there's still plenty worth checking out for tennis fans.

Although still far from humble, the tennis star does offer an introspective look over the pressures of his career which hit its zenith in 1984 before tapering off and the troubles of celebrity and family which brought new challenges to a man who was tennis' biggest star for four straight years. The film doesn't attempt to apologize for the rougher side of John McEnroe, but does make attempts to explain his behavior.

Along with taking a self-reflective look inward at McEnroe's emotional volatility, the documentary covers important relationships to the tennis star both on and off the court including his rivalry and friendship with Borg, the tennis-driven relationship with his father, his marriages to Tatum O'Neal and Patty Smyth, his struggles with media and paparazzi, and the on-court meltdowns for which he's most often remembered. The documentary is now streaming on Showtime.

Watch the trailer
  • Title: McEnroe
  • IMDb: link

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